Prince Charles & Diana's wedding attire

The marriage of Prince Charles of Great Britain and Lady Diana Spencer - July 29, 1981

The bride’s dress

Lady Diana’s gown was a closely guarded secret right up to the moment she stepped out of the glass coach on her arrival at St. Paul’s Cathedral, with the designers themselves doing the dress fittings to prevent details from being leaked.

Designed by British designers David and Elizabeth Emanuel, what was to possibly become the most famous garment of all time was made of ivory silk taffeta from Britain’s only silk farm, in Dorset, and decorated with panels of lace that had belonged to the groom’s great-grandmother Queen Mary.


The dress had a fitted bodice, a modest V neckline, huge puffed sleeves, and a 25-foot cathedral train. Small silk bows adorned the dress, and a small 18 carat-gold horseshoe for luck was tucked into the petticoats. Over 100 meters of net were used for the underskirt.

When Diana stepped out of the carriage, the silk taffeta looked somewhat creased, but this only added to the romantic charm of the dress.


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The bride’s bouquet

Diana carried a bouquet in shades of white, ivory and pale gold. The beautifully-scented bouquet included yellow Mountbatten roses, white orchids, gardenias, freesia, lily of the valley and myrtle, a traditional wedding flower that had been in Queen Victoria's wedding bouquet.

portrait_dianaThe bride’s tiara and veil

Diana’s veil, which sparkled with 10,000 mother-of-pearl sequins, was held in place by the Spencer family’s diamond tiara.

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Diana wore slippers by Clive Shilton, trimmed with lace from her dress, and made of silk duchesse satin dyed to match the color of the dress. The shoes had over 500 hand-knotted mother-of-pearl sequins on each pair. The suede soles were hand-painted with "C" and "D" entwined with a heart.

Clive Shilton also designed a traditional garter to match the slippers, with a tiny blue bow, and the diamond-studded golden horseshoe that was sewn into the dress for good luck.


laughingThe attendants’ attire

The bridesmaids were Lady Sarah Armstrong-Jones, Princess Margaret's daughter, India Hicks, Catherine Cameron, Sarah-Jane Gaselee, and Clementine Hambro, the great-grand-daughter of Sir Winston Churchill.

They wore ballerina-length lace embellished ivory silk taffeta dresses in a similar style to Diana’s dress and with a golden sash at the waist. They carried small baskets of colorful flowers which matched the flower circlets on their heads.

The pageboys were Lord Nicholas Windsor and Edward van Cutsem.

The groom and his supporters

The Prince of Wales' supporters (the royal equivalent of a best man) were his brothers Prince Andrew and Prince Edward. Charles wore his full dress British naval commander uniform.

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